Following rumors that Apple was working on a MagSafe battery pack for the iPhone 12, popular accessory maker Anker completely beat Apple with the launch of its PowerCore Magnetic 5K Wireless Power Bank.
For the first time preview of the CES 2021, the PowerCore battery pack attaches magnetically to the back of each iPhone 12 model and provides 5W wireless charging. With a capacity of 5000 mAh, the battery can charge iPhone 12 mini from 0% to 100%, iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro from 0% to about 95% and iPhone 12 Pro Max from 0% to 75%, according to Anker. The battery itself is charged via USB-C.
Although the battery is compatible with the MagSafe system, it is not an official accessory, so charging is limited to 5W. Rumors of Apple’s MagSafe battery will likely be able to charge the iPhone 12 to 15W, according to the MagSafe charger.
Amazon is offering a PowerCore Magnetic 5K Wireless Power Bank for $ 39.99, with orders placed now expected to be delivered in mid-April.
MacRumors contributor Steve Moser recently found code-level references to “battery” in iOS 14.5 beta, followed by a report from BloombergMark Gurman claims that Apple is working on a MagSafe battery for iPhone 12 models. The report claims that Apple has encountered some problems in developing the accessory, so its release may be delayed or completely discarded.
(Thanks, Zack Samson!)
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